by Frank Holmes, reporter
Tonight, as Americans sit glued to the TV or websites covering the 2022 midterms, they’re missing one of the biggest political stories of our time.
The midterms could give Republicans leverage to hold President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in check for the second half of his term… but the GOP won’t have a veto-proof majority in Congress, leading to divided government for the next two years.
The real prize comes in 2024.
And former President Donald Trump just made a major announcement about the presidential election.
At a rally for Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance in Dayton Monday night, Trump said, “I’m going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.”
Trump is widely expected to announce his bid to run for president of the United States against Biden in the 2024 election. He’s been strongly hinting a third Trump-for-president campaign is coming for weeks.
Last Thursday, Trump told a rally in Sioux City, Iowa. “In order to make our country successful and safe and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again … Get ready, that’s all I’m telling you — very soon. Get ready.”
It looks like Trump is ready to pull the trigger one week from tonight — and Trump’s timing may be a stroke of pure genius for at least three reasons.
First, he’ll be capitalizing on Republican success. “With polls pointing toward a good night for Republicans on Tuesday, Trump plans to surf the GOP’s expected post-midterm euphoria to build momentum for his own effort to retake the White House,” reported Axios late last week.
Trump has always sold himself as a winner; throwing his hat in the ring on the heels of a Republican victory at the polls will keep that association strong in the public’s mind.
Second, a November 15 election takes a not-so-subtle jab at his former vice president, Mike Pence. Pence has long planned to release his new book, So Help Me God, on November 15. Pundits believe the book will serve as a launching pad for Pence’s own 2024 presidential bid.
The two men had a very public falling out in early 2020, when the president insisted that the election had been stolen, and Pence refused to hold up the ratification of electors who would support the Biden-Harris ticket. Since then, Pence has been testing the presidential waters. When asked recently if Pence would endorse Trump, Pence hinted there might be another Republican presidential hopeful he’d like “even better.”
Trump’s presidential announcement will squash all talk of his former veep’s book. Just like Trump scheduled his 2016 and 2020 rallies to run on Fox News opposite Democratic primary debates, which would get only a fraction of Trump’s TV audience, he’s aiming to bury Pence’s presidential ambitions.
But there’s a third, legal reason: Certifying himself as a presidential candidate ASAP could thwart the plans of Attorney General Merrick Garland to prosecute Trump over alleged classified documents seized during an FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago.
If Trump is a declared presidential candidate, the Justice Department may have to appoint a special counsel in Garland’s place.
So much for Biden controlling the investigation of his political opposition the way the Obama administration tried during the 2016 election.
Multiple news outlets reported last week that a presidential announcement is coming soon. Trump even previewed a 2024 presidential message Monday night in Ohio.
“Two years ago we were a great nation, and we will be a great nation again,” said the man who coined the term “MAGA.”
He drew attention to record inflation, which has raised the price of Thanksgiving turkey to astronomical levels.
“Under the radical-Left Democrats the streets of our cities are ruled by bloodthirsty gangs and violent criminals,” Trump told the cheering crowds in Dayton.
He also blasted Biden’s plan to hire 87,000 new IRS agents to audit middle-class Americans, in an effort to collect funds to pay for his “Build Back Better” agenda.
“Instead of doubling the number of IRS agents, we should double the number of ICE and Border Patrol agents,” said Trump, a border hawk.
He clearly sees himself as the missing piece to complete Republican gains during tonight’s midterm elections.
“This is the year we’re going to take back the House. We’re going to take back the Senate. And we’re going to take back America,” Trump said. “And in 2024 most importantly, we are going to take back our magnificent White House.”
That march begins one week from today. While the rest of the news media talked about tonight’s election returns, The Horn News gave you a sneak preview of our future headlines.
Stay with us for two more years of accurate, aggressive, breaking election news.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”